Thursday, August 15, 2013
Currently battling a long term addiction to coca-cola, grilled pecan rolls, and things with maple flavored syrup on them, this essay questioning the toxicity of sugar caught my attention. (Actually, it was wordsmithing "a gustatory revelation that generally slips into the lacuna of early childhood" that really intrigued me. Still puzzled over the choice of the word "lacuna" though.) The opening paragraph:
"Our very first experience of exceptional sweetness—a dollop of buttercream frosting on a parent’s finger; a spoonful of strawberry ice cream instead of the usual puréed carrots—is a gustatory revelation that generally slips into the lacuna of early childhood."
Upon completing the essay, three things stuck in my mind. First, the science isn't settled on this subject either. Second, apparently American average caloric intake increased by 530 calories per day between 1970 and 2000. Third, exercise is still a requirement for good health.
image (and another essay on the subject) via